SCORE in the News

Fresno’s WET-incubated Companies Raised $7M Last Year

Wed, 2014-01-22 01:25

One of the region’s best-known hubs for business startup assistance, the Central Valley Business Incubator has recently assumed a new title with a revamped mission focused on helping entrepreneurs in the water and energy sector.

Since its establishment in 1996, the Fresno-based organization has been providing startup and expanding companies with business consultation, education, access to capital and even office space to help them make their ventures profitable.

Free Library Collaborative Workspaces are Hubs for Entrepreneurs

Wed, 2014-01-22 23:15

The entrepreneur incubator, once the place in laboratory outposts of universities to grow startups, are now at the center of libraries throughout Arizona where there are fresh, expert resources available. Best of all—the library resources are free. 

The library’s co-working space, repurposed into collaborative workspaces, serve as the new hub for entrepreneurs or small business getting started and in need of people to help in the process.

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My Biz: Mount Vernon Confections Owner Finds Sweet Success

Thu, 2014-02-13 14:00

Mickey Miller doesn’t hesitate to admit that she hates to cook.

“I’m not a complicated recipe person,” she said. “But I have always loved baking. When I am in the kitchen I like to figure out how to make a recipe right and maintain the quality.”

Those are wise words coming from a woman who has spent the last couple of years honing her skills as a chocolatier.

Miller owns Mount Vernon Confections, a chocolate shop that prides itself on high quality, simple chocolate made from top of the line ingredients.

Advice for Jewelry Designer Trying to Expand

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:46

Question: I design custom jewelry. I have had several home-based parties and sold $3,000 to $5,000 worth of cuffs, earrings, and rings at each. I work with a local silversmith who does fabulous work, but he is limited in the number of pieces he can produce because each design is handcrafted. I would like to expand my business to a broader audience, but I need advice on how to increase production and sales.

On Main Street, High Hopes for This Year’s Small Business Saturday - J.D. Harrison

Mon, 2013-11-18 11:49

Eileen McGervey expects her bookstore to attract plenty of customers on the final Saturday of November, increasingly known as Small Business Saturday — but she concedes it won’t likely garner quite the attention it attracted on that day last year.

After all, President Obama isn’t likely to visit the same store on consecutive Small Business Saturdays.

Small Business Navigation: SCORE Mentors Help New Business Owners Find Their Way - Susan Smigielski Acker

Mon, 2013-11-18 10:40

Many times when an entrepreneur has a great idea, business guidance is needed to get it from conception to market. That is where a mentor from SCORE can help.

Steven DeFonzo, owner of From the Hearth Pizza, a catering company based in Carrollton, received help from Jemal Harris, a freelance consultant and director of operations for Peninsula SCORE, with his business plan. DeFonzo needed funding to purchase a mobile brick oven.

Blackbird Underpinnings: A New Oakland-based Intimate Apparel Line - Kristin Scheel

Mon, 2013-11-18 10:33

Local artist Marin Camille remembers the first time she bought lingerie. She will tell you that it was the perfect thing and the right occasion, and it is an experience she wants you to have. Marin has also always wanted to design her own line of vintage lingerie, and this year, that lace-and-silk fantasy is becoming reality.

11 Tangible Ways Entrepreneurs Can Help Veterans - Holly Magister

Thu, 2013-11-14 13:42

There are approximately 22 Million U.S. Military Veterans and another 2.3 Million Active and Reserve Military Personnel to thank this Veterans Day and while this may feel like an overwhelming task, I believe entrepreneurs are positioned uniquely to make a real difference today by going beyond raising the American flag and doing something tangible to help Veterans.

Lancaster SCORE, Nationally Honored, Helps Launch Small Businesses - Diane Bitting

Wed, 2013-11-13 15:02

A Lancaster couple recently launched a small business selling micro-roast coffee.

An audiologist began her own practice 13 years ago and now oversees three thriving Lancaster County locations.

A Lancaster nonprofit that helps single mothers care for their children and get an education went from being in the red to being on the road to sustainability.

What do these three scenarios have in common?

5 Tricks to Starting a Business While Working Full Time - Miriam Salpeter

Thu, 2013-11-07 11:53

Have you thought about creating a side business to bring in revenue in addition to your full-time job? The book "Social Networking for Business Success," defines a MOXIE as someone who creates a side gig - someone "managing other, x-tra income engagements."

Chadha suggests the following for those considering starting a business while already employed.

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